Troy A. Miller, a senior official performing the duties of the Commissioner for the CBP has directed in a memo that the agency drop the terms “illegal” and “alien” in communications to comply with new Biden Administration guidelines on immigration terminology.
Miller, who updated the terminology for CBP communications has directed the agency to scrub the words “illegal” and “alien.”
The idea is to make these criminals feel more inclusive after breaking our national immigration laws. Miller states:
“In response to the vision set by the Administration, CBP will ensure agency communications use the preferred terminology and inclusive language as outlined below.”
Immigration attorney and former council member Nelly Vielma, says the change was long overdue, telling the LMTonline:
“It’s about time that the human dignity of people, refugees, immigrants and other displaced human beings are given an appropriate name. For many years, our country’s laws have labeled people in the immigration system as ‘aliens’ or ‘illegals.”
Agent Hector Garza, president of the National Border Patrol Council-Local 2455, told LMTonline that under the new guidelines, little will change.
“Nothing is going to change. Illegal aliens will still be illegal aliens.”
Agents can continue to use the same terminology under the Immigration and Nationality Act as mentioned in the second paragraph of the memo.
It appears the directive is aimed more at the media and external communications and doing what progressives do best—changing the meaning of words or banning them outright.
Removing the word “illegal” from official communications isn’t about inclusiveness, it’s about diluting our national laws.
There are many noncitizens in the United States, but we cannot overlook that those who come here illegally have broken our laws and there should be a distinction. Otherwise, we are not a nation of law and order.